Oban Lorne 2018 Club Dinner and awards night
Club Dinner tickets for this Saturday 2nd of June are selling fast.
Please contact Allan Wright on 07540080474 to confirm your place.
Tickets cost £20 and includes a three course meal, season awards and disco.
6.30/7pm start in the clubhouse. Smart/ club tie dress
BT WEST DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 31ST MARCH
OBAN LORNE 64-15 HELENSBURGH
Oban Lorne welcomed Argyll rivals Helensburgh RFC to Glencruitten on Saturday in what was a must win game for the Greenmachine in the battle against relegation. Helensburgh sat bottom of the table on -4 points going into the game while Oban were 12 points ahead sitting 11th. A win would narrow the gap on fellow relegation candidates Irvine and Cambuslang who both had tough fixtures over the weekend.
Coach Corrie Louw was able to field a very strong starting XV. The only first choice players missing from action were scrum half Finlay Carmichael and back row Richard MacKay.
Local referee Willie Malone was in charge for the day and would have a busy afternoon ahead in a high scoring game.
The home side dominated territory and possession in the opening exchanges of the game but could not find a cutting edge to create and opening try. A Craig Wright penalty was missed after 10 minutes as Oban managed to build some good pressure near the line.
Oban’s first try of the game came on 12 minutes as some good play in the 22 resulted in a Tommy Sutherland offload near the line finding powerful winger Calum MacLachlan who touched down with ease. Captain, Wright made amends for his penalty miss by scoring a tricky conversion for a 7-0 lead.
Helensburgh improved after their shaky start and found good territory from dangerous runs by their outside centre and fullback. Connor Ferris strayed offside in the 22 allowing ‘Burgh’ to narrow the lead to 7-3 with a penalty attempt.
Calum MacLachlan was looking very dangerous on the left wing and was attracting significant interest from a worrying defence. MacLachlans trademark powerful play gifted his side some good territory eventually resulting in a 5 metre scrum. Oban’s strong pack drove the ball close to the line looking certain to score. Referee Malone decided that Helensburgh had prevented a certain try by knocking the ball out of Corrie Louws hands and awarded Oban a penalty try , 14-3.
Oban were well on top in the game and scored their third try of the game after 25 minutes. David McLaughlin had a fantastic run from halfway to put Oban 21-0 ahead with another Wright conversion.
Despite being comfortably ahead Oban were still a little rusty in some areas of play. Notably the teams tackling was not upto sufficient standard as Helensburgh breached the gain line on too many occasions. Credit must be given to the away side who attacked well at times and hit back with their first try of the day on 30 minutes to narrow Oban’s lead to 21-10.
Craig Wright responded immediately for his team as the fullback raced in from 20 meters out after some good build-up play from a strong scrum. This sealed the bonus point try and a healthy 28-10 lead.
The Greenmachine looked to add to their lead before the break but were undone with some sloppy lineout play which had in general been a negative area of the teams play.
Oban made a storming start to the second half and added to their tally within the first 20second off the kick off. Calum MacLachlan made Helensburgh pay for a lapse in defence as the winger ran in from 35 meters giving what was now handsome 35-10 lead.
Helensburgh though refused still to let this dampen their spirits and hit back straight away with another well worked try narrowing the lead briefly to 35-15.
With only 5 minutes gone in the half the third try arrived, again for Oban as Stand Off Iwan Rhys Roberts scored his first try for the club. At 42-15 ahead Oban could now relax a little, something they have not been able to do any game so far this season.
Oban’s shaky lineout play was improving into the second half, that along with a strong scrum gave an excellent base to attack from. Helensburgh were reduced to 14 men briefly with their fullback lying injured. Craig Wright capitalised on this by kicking into the vacant space putting pressure on the ‘Burgh’ winger who knocked on allowing Wright to dive over for his second score of the day.
Another try followed with Prop Connor Ferris diving over from close range , 54-15 to Oban Lorne.
As the half wore on tiredness creeped in . Changes were made with Andrew’s Johnston and MacDougall coming of the bench replacing Connor Ferris and Lorne MacLachlan while Daniel Kemp replaced Radi Maksimov. Jonathan Sayer also came on for Jack Strachan in the second row.
The quality of the game went downhill as it wore on. The majority of play was in midfield with some handling errors creeping in for both teams.
Oban scored two further tries in the closing stages to run out convincing 64-15 winners. First Inside Centre Jamie Bate sailed through a huge gap in the defence to score his first try since returning from injury. The last try came late on as a result of a driving maul close to the line. Player/ Coach Corrie Louw touched down to seal a very handsome victory for the men in Green.
Saturday’s win gifts Oban 5 points meaning the gap to Irvine RFC has been reduced to 5 points. Cambuslang are not far off, 6 points ahead. Oban Lorne have game sin hand on the teams above them and have a few ‘winnable’ matches coming up between now and the end of the season.
The task remains a tough one for Oban Lorne who this weekend welcome league leaders Carrick RFC. The teams met only two weeks ago with an understrength Oban going down 87-18. Saturdays game will likely be played at North Connel to give Oban Lorne Ladies the best possible pitch conditions for their National Bowl Semi Final on Sunday, Kick off 3pm.
- Sutherland, R. Maksimov, C. Louw, J. Baxter, J. Strachan, L. MacLachlan, S. Povey,
- Borisov, I. Rhys Roberts, D. McLaughlin, J. Bate, G. MacEachan, C. MacLachlan, C. Wright
- Johnston, A. MacDougall, J. Sayer, A. Houston, D. Kemp
BT WEST DIVISION 1
ANNAN P-P OBAN LORNE
Oban Lorne’s fixture pileup continues with another postponed fixture, this time in the form of Saturdays trip away to Annan. Pitch conditions due to melting snow and a heavy downpour of rain meant that the game could not go ahead at Annans Violetbank pitch.
Saturdays postponement was a huge blow for Oban Lorne who possessed a full and strong match day squad. The team still have a huge tally of ten games remaining that need to be played between now and Saturday 19th of May.
Oban now find themselves ten points adrift of safety in the league but possess three games in hand on some of the teams above them.
This Saturday the team entertain mid table Kilmarnock at Glencruitten. The sides met earlier in the season with Killie recording a thumping 106-13 win over an understrength Oban team. Kick off is 3pm at Glencruitten. The Clubhouse will also be open for all of Saturdays Nat West Six Nations fixtures.
BT WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2
OBAN LORNE P-P ROYAL DICK VET COLLEGE
Oban Lorne Ladies were left without another fixture on Sunday as Royal Dick Vet Ladies conceded the National League 2 tie due to a lack of available players. This means that Oban Lorne have now won the league title and have sealed their promotion to National League 1 for the 2018/19 season.
For Oban the focus is now on their two remaining league fixtures but also the task of the meeting between themselves and Howe of Fife Women on Sunday 8th of April in the Semi Final of the BT National Bowl Competition. The sides will battle for a place in the National Final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 28th of April.
This Sunday Oban Lorne Ladies travel away from home to take on mid table Grangemouth RFC. The teams met earlier in the season with Oban recording a 68-0 win.
BT WEST DIVISION 1
GREENOCK WANDERERS RFC P-P OBAN LORNE
Saturdays Rugby programme across the country felt the full effects of the ‘ Beast from the East’ with almost all Premiership, National and Regional league fixture across the country being postponed.
Greenock notified Oban Lorne’s team management on the Thursday evening that there would be no game in Inverclyde due to a large amount of snow on the playing surface. This came as no surprise but meant yet another rearranged fixture for the Greenmachine.
The 2017/18 season has been a frustrating one for many West Regional Clubs with the decision of going to a 12 team league having a major impact on the length of the playing season. With a total of referees and pitches have been severely stretched to a point where a few clubs are questioning their long term involvement in the setup.
As things stand Oban Lorne will be playing league rugby as far ahead as the 12th of May without taking Saturdays postponement into account. The team still have 10 league games remaining.
Oban Lorne currently occupy 11th place in the league and face the very real possibility of relegation come the end of the season. The club do have several winnable fixtures coming up.
This Saturday the team make the long trip to take on Annan RFC. The sides met in January with the visitors recording a 26-15 win at Glencruitten.
The next home game for Oban Lorne is against bottom club Helensburgh RFC on the 31st of March, Kick off 3pm.
BT WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2
KELSO P-P OBAN LORNE LADIES
Oban Lorne Ladies fixtures away to Kelso was also postponed on Sunday due to pitch and weather conditions. The Green Army will have to wait until this Sunday for a chance to secure the National League 2 title with the visit of Royal Dick Vet College Women to Glencruitten. Sundays fixture kicks off at 2pm.
The squad are stepping up their preparations for the upcoming BT National Bowl on Sunday 8th of April. Oban Lorne Ladies take on National 1 side Howe of Fife Women for a place in the National Final at BT Murrayfield.
Youth, Girls and Mini Rugby games postponed
Last weekends U18, U16, U15 Girls, U13/14 Boys and Mini Rugby fixtures were all postponed due to weather or travel conditions.
This week the U18s continue their West League Cup group with an away trip to Dalziel RFC while the U16s play at home to Whitecraigs.
BT WEST DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 27TH JANUARY
EAST KILBRIDE 62-5 OBAN LORNE
A healthy Oban Lorne squad boasting 21 players travelled to the central belt on Saturday to take on East Kilbride RFC for the second time this season. The teams met at Glencruitten in October with EK battling out a narrow 10-8 win in a very physical game.
Oban were hoping for some much needed points going into the game with their lowly league position causing some concern for the club particularly with bottom two Irvine playing Helensburgh. Fortunately Helensburgh failed to raise a side for Saturdays league fixture meaning neither team managed to pick up any points.
Coach Corrie Louw handed a start to Jamie Bate at Outside Centre allowing Captain Craig Wright to move onto the wing. Apart from that it was a fairly settled starting XV that took to the field.
With the strong wind an wintery conditions against them Oban did well to hold the home side out for the first 10 minutes of the game. Eventually EK opened the scoring for the day and went ahead with a try from a lineout drive close to the line taking a 5-0 lead.
Oban could not maintain any possession and really struggled at the set piece with the scrum in particular being dominant for the hosts powerful pack.
The try count opened up for the hosts as the play the conditions well and raced into a very convincing 38-0 halftime lead – a huge disappointment for the Oban side who were hopeful of their chances going into the match.
Halftime seemed to be a welcome break for Oban Lorne who came out firing in the second half and dominated the first 10 minutes. After a series of penalties being awarded Oban found themselves camped inside the EK half. A quick taken penalty was cross kicked by Stand Off Iwan Rhys Roberts and touched down by Hooker Radostin Maksimov who continued his impressive scoring record of late.
This however was as good as things got for the men in green as the hosts ran in a further four second half tries to run out 62-5 winners.
East Kilbride have been on a great run of form recently and find themselves with an outside chance of promotion along with Carrick, Garnock and Allan Glens.
Oban Lorne remain 10th in the league after Saturdays game and have yet another away journey this Saturday as they visit third placed Garnock. Garnock recorded a 25-19 win at Glencruitten in the first game of the season. Kick off is at 3pm.
The next home fixture for Oban Lorne is a crucial encounter against 9th placed Cambuslang on Saturday 10th of February – kick off 3pm.
Oban Lorne’s Glencruitten clubhouse will be open for this Saturdays opening Nat West 6 Nations fixture between Wales and Scotland. Kick off is at 2.15pm with all rugby fans welcome to come along and watch the game.
After a couple of weekends off, the Green Army took to the pitch once more, this time at North Connel against visitors Kelso Women. With snow on the surrounding hills, it was a cold match, with conditions underfoot not ideal on the water-logged and muddy pitch. The visiting team of 17 players made their long journey to Oban the day prior to the match to arrive on the pitch fresh faced so Oban were expecting a tough, physical game. Oban began with matching numbers, although one substitute was already suffering from a broken finger before the game began.
Despite appearances, Kelso’s size and strength was no match for the Oban team on the day. Determined to maintain their undefeated record in the league to date, every single player worked hard from start to finish. The focus of recent training has been defence, which showed in the game as Kelso were not afforded any breakthrough runs at any point in the match.
The opening try of the game came for prop Georgia Mitchell after only 2 minutes, running straight through the Kelso defence to dive over the line, successfully converted by fly half Lucy Stewart. Five minutes later, Oban secured their second try, this time up the left wing for Rachel MacDonald, although Kelso fought hard to try and hold her up. Outside centre Erika Skofca smashed through the defensive line for another piece of impressive individual play as she brought the score to 19-0 after 12 minutes of play. This was quickly followed by another try for MacDonald, once more showing her impressive speed up the wing. Stewart was then afforded a try herself, keeping hold of the ball at fly half position from a breakdown to smash through the Kelso defence once more as missed tackles started to become their undoing. The Oban forward pack played impressively throughout the match, turning over multiple scrums under slippery conditions and securing the ball for the backs to show off their best moves. Some good handling and a well-executed set piece brought the ball to Skofca once more as she secured the final try of the first half, bringing the score to 38-0 at the whistle.
A hattrick for Skofca opened the second half, as she shrugged off tackles left, right and centre, sitting two Kelso players on the ground as they attempted to get in her way. Oban have certainly benefitted from her wealth of playing experience in Italy before joining the squad. Try number 8 of the match came for prop Ellie MacNiven, once more running straight through Kelso’s defensive line to drive over the try line. Kelso rallied as the second half played out, and Oban were beginning to show fatigue. The hosts allowed them significantly more time in Oban’s half during this 40 minutes than the opening equivalent. However, after some motivational encouragement from Captain Laura MacCormick and coach for the day Darrell Williams this was put to an end, and the final score of the game was a well-deserved try from quietly determined scrum half Audrey Barr, bringing the final score to 53-0.
Once more Oban Ladies have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with, despite initial feelings of uncertainty as the unknown Kelso team arrived in Oban. Impressively, they have managed to maintain their record of 0 points conceded in the whole season of league matches and aim to continue this winning streak against RDVC in Edinburgh next Sunday. The ladies train on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7pm, with information about this typically shared on their Facebook page ‘Oban Lorne Ladies Rugby Club’.
BT WEST DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER
OBAN LORNE 8-10 EAST KILBRIDE
Oban Lorne took on mid table East Kilbride RFC at Glencruitten on Saturday as the home side looked to build on last weekends 28-12 win against bottom of the league Irvine RFC.
The Greenmachine have been struggling for a consistent team this season bit have rallied over the past couple of weeks to gather a more settled and consistent squad.
Front row options still pose a problem for Oban with Liam Burns and Tommy Sutherland missing for this game. Prop Darren Miller started his first game of the season while Cammy Smith also started after his try scoring appearance last weekend. There was also a return in the backline for powerful centre Callum MacLachlan.
Saturdays match was a physical affair with both forward packs cancelling eachother out at the breakdown. Oban failed to create any rhythm to their game with a misfiring lineout and a struggling scrum denying them with any constant possession.
Despite struggling at the set piece Oban led the first half 3-0 with a Finlay Carmichael penalty. The hosts defensive shape was also holding well after a barrage of attacks from a big EK pack.
Oban started to tire in the second period as the visitors hit back with a penalty to tie the score at 3-3. The game could have gone either way at this point with EK dominating territory and possession but Oban looking dangerous on the counter with a couple of promising breaks.
A series of powerful play from the visitors resulted in the first try of the day with 15 minutes to go giving Oban a 10-3 deficit to recover from going into the closing stages.
The East Kilbride try seemed to waken the men in green as they dominated the remaining stages of the game. A Carmichael penalty with 10 minutes to go sailed narrowly wide before Oban started a barrage of attacks on the tryline.
Oban looked to score on a number of occasions with powerful runs from the likes of Connor Ferris, Jack Strachan and Corrie Louw. The away defence held firm but started to become ill disciplined and lost a player to the sin bin with a few minutes remaining.
Oban pushed and pushed for a try which eventually came on the last play of the game with Prop Connor Ferris forcing himself over the line. Unfortunately the conversion attempt was narrowly missed meaning the visitors took the spoils 10-8 in what was a very physical encounter.
The Oban performance met the standards expected from the side over the few years showing that huge improvements have been made over the past few weeks after a couple of heavy defeats.
This Saturday Oban make the long trip to face fellow league strugglers Stewartry RFC in Castle Douglas in what could prove to be a season defining game.
Oban Lorne’s next home fixture is against league new comers Greenock Wanderers RFC on Saturday 21st of October.
BT WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2
Oban Lorne Ladies 68-0 Grangemouth Stagettes
On a drizzly, grey day a slightly diminished Oban side turned out to take on their main competitors at the top of BT Women’s National League 2 Grangemouth Stagettes at home. With their captain and vice captain unavailable, the Oban side was led by last games’ player of the match Veronica Speirse who captained the team for the first time. Missing players meant the match started with uncontested scrums.
Oban kicked to start, and followed this up with some dominant play, particularly strong ball carrying from the forwards allowing prop Ellie MacNiven to score within the opening minutes. After some strong tackles and Grangemouth errors, an Oban scrum on the half way line allowed outside centre Erika Skofca to burst through the Grangemouth defence before offloading to winger Ellen Barlow to score under the posts.
The home side continued to challenge the visitors and a well executed line-out allowed scrum half Audrey Barr to ship the ball wide. A clever line by Skofca allowed inside centre Kelly Lamont an attempt at the try line, before popping the ball to winger Rachel MacDonald who sealed the team’s third try of the game. This brought the score to 21-0 after just 15 minutes. Oban continued the pressure on Grangemouth’s 5m line but the team in red maintained a good defensive line and repeatedly drove the Green Army back. Number 8 Camilla Leslie eventually burst over the line with great support from fellow forwards. A knock on by green meant a Grangemouth scrum in the Oban half, with the visiting team looking dangerous for the first time as the ball was eventually held up over the line.
With slippery conditions the game was spattered with knock ons and messy play by both sides, with an Oban scrum resulting in a second try for Barlow under posts. This was shortly followed by another try, this time following a convincing piece of individual running by Lamont. The Oban forwards were taking the ball forward into relentless Grangemouth tackles, who continued to challenge Oban throughout, before the ball was taken on by fly half Lucy Stewart up half the pitch for a try. This brought the half time score to 49-0, with all successful conversions also taken by Stewart. The majority of the game until now had been played in the Grangemouth half but the reds kept a good defence throughout and made Oban work for their points.
With the start of the second half Grangemouth came out with a renewed vengeance. Oban retaliated however, with full back Howdo Bean taking the ball out to the wing before passing to Stewart for her second try. From here the referee’s decisions were not favouring the girls in green, with repeated errors including high tackles, knock ons and forward passes being called. This meant that despite their dominance they were unable to make much ground. Using the full capabilities of their ball handling skills, the backs were able to swing right from one wing to the other, and a carefully timed offload from Skofca allowed Lamont to shrug off tackles and score her second try under the posts. With the conversion for this try and 20 minutes of play still to go the referee unexpectedly blew his whistle for full time at the Grangemouth coach’s request. This meant the final score was 68-0 to the home team, maintaining their winning streak and yet to concede any points in the league thus far.
Oban ladies protect their position at the top of league and will take on Lismore at home next Sunday, 15th October at 2pm. All support is greatly appreciated. The team trains on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7pm at Glencruitten, no prior experience necessary.